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An Internet Sales Tax Amendment was not Added to the 2013 NDAA before it Passed
by Angel Clark
The Senate unanimously passed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Tuesday by a vote of 98-0. The $650 billion military funding bill almost included an internet sales tax amendment. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN),proposed a version of the Marketplace Fairness Act as an amendment to the NDAA. On Tuesday, online resellers across the globe heaved a collective sigh of relief, as the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act amendment was not added to the NDAA.
A call to Sen. Durbin’s office by Examiner.com Thursday confirmed that although the Marketplace Fairness Act was proposed as an amendment, the Senate voted to close the debate and vote on the NDAA without voting on the controversial internet sales tax amendment. Sen. Durbin and his cohorts did not offer the amendment during the final debate on Tuesday.
A staffer for Sen. Durbin told Computer World in an email, “Senator Durbin is working with his colleagues … to look for any opportunity to move the bill. He is keeping all of his options open, whether that be to work for a vote on the bill as a stand-alone or part of a larger piece of legislation.”
The Marketplace Fairness Act would overturn a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that requires retailers to have a physical presence in a state in order to collect sales taxes. The 46 states with sales tax would require online sellers, with no physical presence within their borders, to collect taxes from their customers. Many who have online stores believe that it is not their place to collect taxes for the government.
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